Gary J. M. Hodne, 80

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    Newfolden – Gary Hodne of Newfolden, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his family by his side, at the age of 80.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Westaker Free Lutheran Church in Newfolden, with Pastor Phil Rokke officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Newfolden.
    Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Westaker Free Lutheran Church in Newfolden.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.
    Gary James Marvin Hodne was born on July 6, 1937 in Karlstad, the son of Hardin and Alice (Torkelson) Hodne. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hegland Lutheran Church near Karlstad.
    Gary attended school in Karlstad and graduated in 1955. Following high school, Gary worked in telephone construction in various states.
    On June 7, 1959 Gary was united in marriage to Harriet Hanson at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Strandquist. Gary worked with telephone construction and was a lineman for several years until he and his family settled in Wolbach, NE, where they lived for 10 years. While living in Wolbach, he served as a volunteer fireman and worked for Continental Telephone Company.
    In 1974, Gary and his family moved back to Minnesota, settling in Newfolden. From 1974 until 2004, Gary worked for Wikstrom Telephone Company.
    Gary was an avid outdoorsman – enjoying hunting, fishing, water skiing, and boating. He was known for sharing his gift of music with his family and his community. He and his brother, Howard Hodne and friends continued to play for church and many events in the area.
    Gary was very active in volunteering with the Newfolden Lions, Thrivent Financial, and Westaker Free Lutheran Church, where he was a longtime member.
    Gary is survived by his loving wife, Harriet of Newfolden; children, Keith (Julie) Hodne of Eagan, Kerry (Lisa) Hodne of Buffalo, Kevin (Jill) Hodne of Woodbury, Shelly Walker of Minneapolis, and Kris (Joni) Hodne of St. Louis Park; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Howard (Geri) Hodne of Middle River; sisters, Donna (Glen) Arneson of Thief River Falls, Ardys (Leon) Hanson of Detroit Lakes, and Marsha (Ron) Anderson of Newfolden; many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
    Gary is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Keith.